CHILD MARRIAGE

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It happens more than you think -

- in the United States and worldwide. 

CHILD USA is constructing an international comparative study of child marriage statistics and practices. 

Girls are at risk in far too many cultures. 

This study will expose the reasons that entrap girls in these destructive relationships and help chart the better path forward.

 

in the news

Utah Men Married Each Other's 7- and 8-Year-Old Daughters — as One Is Sentenced to Prison

"Utah man Samuel Shaffer dreamed of growing old with the 8-year-old he took as his child bride — but the leader of a doomsday cult will now be aging behind bars.

E. Davies | June 29, 2018

The 11-year-old girl divorcing her 38-year-old husband

The young Sudanese girl was in elementary school when a 38-year-old man asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father accepted the proposal, and Amal (not her real name) was immediately wed.

In Sudan, child marriage has been woven into the fabric of the country's culture, driven by tradition and poverty. More than a third of girls there are married before their 18th birthday, according to a 2017 UNICEF report, and 12% are wed before they reach 15. Under the country's 1991 Personal Status Law of Muslims, children can marry when they reach "maturity," which is only 10 years old. It's the lowest legal age of marriage in Africa.

N. Elbagir & I. Osorio | June 2018 

 

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